The Right Time
So This Is Christmas | Sunday, December 1
Jesus arrived at just the right time, to achieve a purpose for all time, as the savior of all generations.
Do you tend to arrive on time, early, or late? Would others say the same about you?
ADDITIONS TO THE FAMILY
A common language, a unified infrastructure, peace in the nation, desire for spiritual change, and an expectation that God was going to do something big—all served as factors in the perfect timing of Jesus’ arrival.
Have someone read Galatians 4:4-5.
Share a time when you received help right when you needed it (a job offer, car repairs, encouraging words, etc.).
What does it mean to be born under the law, but receive full rights as adopted sons and daughters?
What does adoption into God’s family mean to you, personally? What does this verse say about our role in being saved?
In present day, what social or cultural elements are ideal for spreading the message of Christ? How do those elements allow us to share his message?
How does Romans 5:6-8 give us a sense of going from “no hope” to “nothing but hope”, then and now?
VICTORY FOR EVERY CHRISTMAS
The Christmas season begins the celebration of why Jesus came to Earth— to signal victory over sin and death, and to reconcile us to himself.
Have someone read Hebrews 9:15 & Hebrews 9:24-28. What do these verses say about how Jesus sacrificed himself? In which ways do you tend to accept/not accept His one-time act in your daily life?
With verse 15 in mind, and understanding the permanence of Christ’s sacrifice for you, how could you live free from sin? And, what can we accomplish with that freedom?
As you prepare for Christmas, think of today’s group discussion. Pick a specific point from it that makes Jesus’ message real and clear to you, and use it to give someone you know a better understanding of Christmas.
Father God, we are grateful for the gift of your Son, Jesus. We see how intentional you were in placing His arrival at the exact time humanity needed Him, and we thank you that His sacrifice means life and joy for us—not just at Christmas, but for each day of our lives. Please use today’s group time to make Jesus’ birth and ministry real to us, in a way that makes Him real to other people. Amen!